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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Swinbourne as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Northumberland.
The surname Swinbourne was first found in Northumberland, at Swinburn (Swinburne,) a township, in the parish of Chollerton, union of Hexham. " The family of Swinburn took their name from this place, which they probably held previously to the year 1272: in the reign of Edward II. It was the seat and manor of Adam de Swinburn. "  Another reference states: "Swinburne in this county [Northumberland] gave name to this ancient family, the first recorded ancestor being John, father of Sir William de Swinburne, living in 1278, and Alan Swinburne, Rector of Whitfield, who purchased Capheaton from Sir Thomas Fenwick, Knt, in 1274. "  "Long Witton Hall, an ancient mansion with additions by its late proprietors, the Swinburne family, is finely situated."  And over in Bewcastle in Cumberland, "In the 7th of Edward I., license was granted to John Swinburn, to hold a weekly market and an annual fair." 
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Swinbourne has been spelled Swinburn, Swinburne, Swinborn, Swinborne and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swinbourne research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1253, 1280, 1687, 1740, 1600, 1706, 1660, 1670 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Swinbourne History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: William Swinburne settled in Virginia in 1655.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semel et semper
Motto Translation: Once and always.
The Swinbourne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swinbourne Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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